How many affiliates does SIG 2 have?
SIG 2 is the fourth-largest SIG, with more than 4,400
Why did you originally choose to affiliate with your SIG?
I joined SIG 2 to network with leaders in the field and to
keep up-to-date on evidence-based practice. SIG 2 has exceeded my expectations!
The SIG offers the opportunity to network and collaborate with other
professionals through the online ASHA community, at the annual ASHA Health
Care/Business Institute and at the ASHA convention. Additionally, SIG 2
provides opportunities for affiliates to access the most current information
regarding important topics and earn CEUs through Perspectives, which are published
quarterly. SIG 2 members can also earn CEUs at a reduced cost when they
register for SIG 2-sponsored short courses at the ASHA convention. —Sarah
What is the most important issue surrounding your SIG's subject matter right now?
Two recent trends in clinical practice caught the attention
of several members and sparked lively discussions on the SIG Community. The first involves evaluation and treatment of
people with mild cognitive impairment. These people have functional deficits in
daily tasks but are difficult to identify on traditional diagnostic tests. The
use of rehabilitation software for cognitive treatment is cutting-edge and a
review of current programs—completed by Lyn Turkstra's students—has frequently been referenced as an excellent resource.
A second "hot topic" that has generated a lot of interest on the SIG online community is the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems with people who have aphasia. SIG 2 strongly recommends educating family members that there is no evidence to support regression of verbal language with use of AAC systems. Technological considerations in AAC systems, including apps for different operating systems and funding for AAC technologies, is an upcoming area of interest. —Mary Purdy
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG
should everyone know about?
Among the many recent and upcoming SIG 2-sponsored events of
- Recent Web chat on making cognitive connections using
cognitive prosthetics and apps in acquired brain injury. Access the transcript
- Two invited sessions at the 2013 ASHA Convention: a two-hour
seminar by Jacqueline Hinckley, "How Clinicians Can Help People With Severe Aphasia Participate In Life" and a short course by Sheila MacDonald, "When Mild Is Not Mild: Managing Subtle but Significant Cognitive-Communication Difficulties Following Brain Injury."
- Online conference addressing assessment and management of
cognitive communication and swallowing deficits in degenerative diseases in
- ASHA Health Care Conference/Business Institute (Las Vegas,
April 2014). Among the topics are interdisciplinary teams and outcome-focused
assessment and intervention.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read
for CSD professionals, and why?
We have had outstanding issues of Perspectives this year.
The issue on mild cognitive impairment and normal aging [PDF] received significant positive feedback.
Speech-language pathologists increasingly are called upon to screen, identify
and evaluate patients with MCI. This issue includes articles addressing a range
of topics, including the diagnostic criteria of MCI, risk factors for
developing MCI and dementia, evidence for treatment techniques for MCI, and the
distinction between normal and pathological cognitive changes as the population
ages. It is a must-read for SLPs working with adults with neurological
communication disorders. —Michael de Riesthal